Newbie question: what does string[:symbol] mean?

This is likely a Haah reference -- the string is the name of the Hash
object, and the symbol within is a key. For more on symbols, see:

http://glu.ttono.us/articles/2005/08/19/understanding-ruby-symbols

-faisal

Yup, localization. Beast uses the Gibberish plugin to this end.

http://errtheblog.com/post/4396